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Recreate Masterpieces of Modern Art with JavaScript!

A talk by Amy Cheng

Hello! This repo contains materials related to the talk I gave at JSConf Iceland 2016 and will give at NordicJS 2016.

Talk Description

JavaScript is not just for web apps. This talk looks at JavaScript as an artistic and visual programming language and serves as a primer on generative art. The audience will learn how to recreate one of Damien Hirst’s Spot paintings and one of Piet Mondrian’s Composition paintings in the browser. JavaScript is commonly used to manage interactivity, data, and application states. However, we will use masterpieces of modern art to illustrate JavaScript’s potential to manipulate visual space, color and shape.

In the recent past, creating art for the web - usually in the form of Flash or Java applets - was a completely separate workflow from developing business logic for an app. This talk will show that these workflows can be combined. Also, learning the basics of generative art and how to “draw” for the web is creative and fun!


Got Questions??? Want feedback on your art made with JavaScript???

  • e-mail me (amy at
  • tweet at me (@am3thyst)
  • Submit a GitHub Issue I’d prefer this, so others can learn


Materials from my talk



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